Emirates News Agency – Opening of the UAE Pavilion “Saltwater Cities” at “Florida Expo 2022”

Almere, The Netherlands, April 26 / WAM / The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Commissioner General of the State Pavilion at Expo Floriad 2022 in the Netherlands officially inaugurated the country pavilion entitled “Saltwater Cities: Where the Earth Meets detin ”.

The UAE pavilion, during its first participation in this exhibition, will showcase the UAE’s efforts to overcome natural challenges, where water scarcity, high temperatures and saline soils make it difficult to achieve traditional gardening in a sustainable way. The seaside cities narrate the UAE’s unique journey full of determination and optimism and how the people of the UAE face the challenges of living between a desert and marine environment to grow prosperous and sustainable cities.

The “Saltwater Cities” exhibition embraces the natural environment of the UAE and celebrates the country’s innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs who are constantly exploring new ways to conserve marine biodiversity, encourage responsible use of food and water, and share knowledge about innovation and effort. to achieve a more sustainable future.

His Excellency Jamal Al Musharrakh said that the history of the UAE is a story of ambition and determination rooted in the founding fathers and wise leadership who follow the same approach, and we are honored to host our first pavilion at Expo Florida 2022 , as sustainability in the future. efforts are at the core of our future aspirations locally and globally.

He added that the “Saltwater Cities” exhibition offers a realistic vision of how we coexist with our environment through the creation of biosaline farmers’ circular systems in order to encourage new innovations that address food and water safety issues and make our cities more resilient and resilient. We hope, by sharing the stories and insights of innovators and plants in the UAE, we contribute to solutions that enable us all to build a better tomorrow for future generations. We are also proud to present methods that demonstrate our efforts in developing greener cities. We look forward to building deeper connections with our friends attending Expo Floriad and inspiring them with creative ideas that will contribute to creating solutions to the environmental challenges we face.

The UAE pavilion at Expo Floriad 2022 welcomes visitors with its salt water garden, the design of which was inspired by the UAE biosocial farming system. Marina.

The exhibition also highlights innovators, researchers and scientists in the UAE who are committed to biodiversity conservation and the development of sustainable solutions to food, water and environmental safety challenges.

The opening ceremony of the UAE pavilion was attended by the mayor of Almere, representatives of the Dutch government, representatives from the Floriad exhibition and creators who contributed to the UAE pavilion in the exhibition, including the Dutch company Tilart, which worked on design. of the pavilion in partnership with the Pragma Architectural Company in the UAE, which is responsible for the design of the salt water park as well as representatives from the Dutch company Auctual, which designs parts, interior circuits and specialized architectural systems, uses technology innovative 3D printing and recycles and reuses materials.

Maya Jarrow, Director of Strategy at TELLART, said: “Innovators and academics in the UAE who seek in nature to respond to global challenges are a source of inspiration to us and we at TELLART are delighted to have contributed with our friends from the UAE United Arab Emirates. in the design of the pavilion and we hope that visitors will feel that they have moved to the environment of the country. ” Emirates during their visit to Expo Floriad, where they truly live in a unique and charming environment where the desert meets. children.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Culture and Youth presents the pavilion of the United Arab Emirates entitled “Cities with salt water”. The design of the pavilion and the experience of the guests came as a result of a creative collaboration between the UAE and the Netherlands, where Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation worked in the UAE as creative executive director and merged a Pragma Architects company into the UAE and the company Dutch Teilhardt.

Teilhardt contributed to the design of the exhibition contents and interior decoration, while Pragma designed the pavilion building and garden, and Auctual Holland, a Dutch 3D printing company, printed the group wall around the UAE Pavilion garden.

Visitors will learn about the stories of halophytic plants in the UAE, which play an important role in the country’s environment and the greenery of its cities, including Al-Kharizah (Salicornia), known as the “Desert Hero” for sustainability and a potential source of biofuels, and mangroves, known as “coast guards”. Preserving entire ecosystems and protecting coastlines and microalgae known as the “nucleus of marine life”, which provides essential oxygen for aquatic life and is under investigation for its use as a possible alternative to palm oil along with algae seafood known as the “lungs of our seas”, which not only provide essential oxygen, but also support the underwater food chain and biodiversity.

Each of these plants is represented by a glass sculpture accompanied by visual media celebrating its unique beauty. Visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the innovators of scientists, academics and professionals in the UAE, who develop and co-create new technology-based solutions to help preserve the natural environment and encourage more life.sustainability .

Visitors to the pavilion go on a sweeping and multi-sensational journey that begins in the UAE-inspired saltwater garden and protected by a wall printed in 3D from recycled plastic. Environment.

Before the end of the trip, visitors enjoy a playful moment of contact with the world of saltwater plants, as a diving installation using spatial sound, visuals and moving light transports them to a seagrass meadow that interacts with their presence.

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